“Theatre doesn’t last. Only in people’s memories and in their hearts. But that’s life. Beauty and sadness. And that is why theatre is life.”
Like many aspects of life, I started this journey not because I planned to, but because it was just right. I always loved theater, but frankly knew very little about it. Seven years ago, my dear friend Nina Keneally invited me to a table reading of Alfred Uhry’s “Divine Intervention”, and let’s just say that I was hooked. I wanted to know everything I could about theater production. And Nina and her brother Jamie Lightstone were happy to oblige.
I started by enhancing their production of “Transport” (by Tom Keneally and Larry Kirwan, and directed by Tony Walton) at the Irish Rep Theatre, which was my first exposure to mounting a show from start to finish, and then tagged along on the stirring production of “The Last Confession” (and saw the opening at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto). I will be forever grateful for this introduction to theater and especially these opportunities.
I next branched into two directions – I was offered the opportunity to take over from Roundabout Theatre Company the development of the play “Steinbrenner!” written by Ira Berkow and Bill Madden, which I continued to develop for three years and for which I produced three readings, and I invested in the Off-Broadway Obie Award winning production of James Ortiz’s “The Woodsman” at New World Stage, both enriching experiences.
From there, I stepped up a level and became an investor in the multiple award-winning musical phenomenon “Come From Away”, which now boasts five productions (Broadway, Toronto, a North American Tour in its second year, London and Australia). What pure joy to be associated with this production, its creative team, production team, actors, many of whom I consider friends, co-producers, other investors, and most of the people portrayed in the show.
After traveling to London in 2017 to see multiple shows over a week, including the Olivier Award winning play “The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth, I did not hesitate to invest in the Broadway production, and was present at Radio City Music Hall to witness it winning the 2019 Tony Award for Best Play, among other deserving awards.
In 2019, I stepped up another level, and was honored to become a co-producer of the Drama Desk Award winning and Tony Award nominated play “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez.
As with many people who become involved with theater productions, this short career and the successful productions with which I have been fortunate to be associated have motivated me to continue to strive to seek important and entertaining theater to bring to stage.